Treatment For Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the supporting structures (gums and bone) of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in susceptible individuals. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons, which irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss. However, don’t be fooled. With periodontal disease, bleeding, redness and swelling do not have to be present. Further, pain is usually not associated with periodontal disease initially. This disease damages the teeth, gum(s) and jawbone of many people by the age of 45.

If you live in the Windsor area and would like more information about gum disease treatment or to schedule a consultation appointment, call our office at 519-974-0230 ext.2.